Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875), Susse Frères (foundry) The Genius of Dance no. 1 Between 1872 and 1910 Master model in bronze H. 99.5; W. 48.5; D. 40.5 cm Paris, Musée d'Orsay © RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / René-Gabriel Ojéda

Until the 7th of November – Musee d’Orsay

One notable development in 19th century in France was the production of editions of bronze sculptures. With this mass produced art, masterpieces of sculpture became an affordable pleasure for the middle classes who delighted in demonstrating a certain life style through these small luxuries.

The exhibition Everyone is a Collector! takes you right to the centre of this practice presenting, for the first time, the master models from the Maison Susse, one of the leading foundries of the time, and the last great name still in production. There was a large selection of models for these editions, classical, chosen from museum masterpieces, and contemporary. Quite often, the works chosen for editions had been exhibited at the official Salon, and were those that had attracted the most attention. This was the case both for Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s work, The Genius of Dance and for the popular figures of Jules Dalou.

The idea for the exhibition was conceived by sixteen students at the Ecole du Louvre, and is part of the first year Masters course. The Musée d’Orsay is delighted to take part in this unusual experiment that entrusts future museum professionals with organising a public exhibition in a prestigious location.

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